August 2017

During the summer months the Glasgow branch do not meet officially but a small group of players get together to have some fun all year round and to experience playing one to a part. The Kinmount players have performed in Holmwood house a wonderful ‘Greek’ Thomson building near the city.

In August a quintet from the Kinmount players was invited to perform in St. Aloysius church in Garnethill. We had two slots, the first was a performance of ‘Stones of Time’ specially composed music by Catherine Walker the harpist who accompanied Emma on the treble recorder and ‘Behold Little Babe’ by David Corner. Later the quintet played ‘Bist du bei Mir’ by J.S. Bach and the lovely ‘Lascia Ch’io Pianga’ from Handel’s Rinaldo.

As the only instrumentalists amongst the singers we chose to play treble, two tenors, great bass and contra in order to show the range of instruments. The contra always arouses great interest and David was as usual surrounded by a group of admiring fans. The acoustic was marvellous and the treble line soared beautifully above the interesting harmonies of the other instruments. A good arrangement for the acoustic that I’m sure enhanced the playing making us sound better that we thought.

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